Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Israel fell into their clever trap.


But it was a trap either way.


May every last member of the Hezbo-Army-of-God-llah soon be united with his 72 black-eyed virgins (and the scornful mothers who come with them.)

Tom Strong

I'm basically trying to ignore the whole situation right now, a) because I'm ignorant, and b) because the whole thing is way too depressing.

But that said, Israel's bombing of Lebanon just leaves a very sour taste in my mouth. I normally support Israel's right to defend itself, but I'm not sure if I can this time.


Why do you think Israel has lost its right to defend itself? When self-defense is gone, so is existence. Do you think Israel has lost its right to exist? Are you just resonating with the anti-Zionist left?

Tom Strong

No. I simply think killing 123 civilians - and counting - in order to rescue 2 soldiers is extremely disproportionate.


No, he's just recoiling from the mercilessness of the campaign. How can Israel, our ally, the supposedly civilized country that values human life, kill so many innocents?? Yet if it doesn't, it will leave Hezbollah's nests intact, where it hides and grows and where it strikes from. And how would Israel benefit from holding back, when most everybody would hate it anyway, and when restraint is taken as weakness and invites attacks?

This has made me think that to fight terrorists effectively, we will have to be willing to die and also to kill. That is truly horrifying, but it is the terrorists who, with diabolical cleverness and a much greater ruthlessness of their own, have set it up that way. It is truly a no-win situation, in that you cannot have your ideals and victory, or perhaps even survival.

The Sanity Inspector

There's an Israeli saying, "Jewish blood is not cheap." It's a truism that Israel's Arab neighbors unfortunately must be reminded of periodically.

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